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Vicente Aleixandre
Aleixandre in 1977
Aleixandre in 1977
BornVicente Pío Marcelino Cirilo Aleixandre y Merlo
(1898-04-26)26 April 1898
Seville, Spain
Died14 December 1984(1984-12-14) (aged 86)
Madrid, Spain
OccupationPoet
NationalitySpanish
Notable awardsNobel Prize in Literature
1977
Seat O of the Real Academia Española
In office
22 January 1950 – 14 December 1984
Preceded byFélix de Llanos y Torriglia [es]
Succeeded byPere Gimferrer

Vicente Pío Marcelino Cirilo Aleixandre y Merlo (Spanish pronunciation: [biˈθente alejɣˈsandɾe]; 26 April 1898 – 14 December 1984) was a Spanish poet who was born in Seville.[1] Aleixandre received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1977[2] "for a creative poetic writing which illuminates man's condition in the cosmos and in present-day society, at the same time representing the great renewal of the traditions of Spanish poetry between the wars".[3] He was part of the Generation of '27.

Aleixandre's early poetry, which he wrote mostly in free verse, is highly surrealistic. It also praises the beauty of nature by using symbols that represent the earth and the sea. Many of Aleixandre's early poems are filled with sadness. They reflect his feeling that people have lost the passion and free spirit that he saw in nature. He was one of the greatest poets of Spanish literature alongside Cernuda and Lorca.[4] The melancholia of his poetry was also the melancholy of failed or ephemeral love affairs.[5]

Aleixandre's bisexuality was well known to his circle of friends, but he never admitted it publicly. He had a long-term love relationship with the poet Carlos Bousoño.[6]

He died on 14 December 1984 in Madrid, aged 86.[7]

His works

His early collections of poetry include Passion of the Earth (1935) and Destruction or Love (1933). In 1944, he wrote Shadow of Paradise, the poetry where he first began to concentrate on themes such as fellowship, friendliness, and spiritual unity. His later books of poetry include History of the Heart (1954) and In a Vast Dominion (1962).

Aleixandre studied law at the University of Madrid. Selections of his work were translated into English in Twenty Poems of Vicente Aleixandre (1977) and A Longing for the Light: Selected Poems of Vincent Aleixandre (1979; Copper Canyon Press, 2007) translated by Lewis Hyde.

During the Civil War Aleixandre was among the contributors of El Mono Azul, a Republican cultural magazine.[8]

Pure poetry

His first book, Ámbito, written between 1924 and 1927 and published in Málaga in 1928, is the work of an incipient poet who has not yet found his own voice. The assonated short verse and art for art's sake aesthetics of Juan Ramón Jiménez and Jorge Guillén prevail, in addition to the ultraistic echoes of classical Spanish poetry from the Golden Age, especially Fray Luis de León and Góngora.

Surreal poetry

In the following years, between 1928 and 1932, there is a radical change in Aleixandre's poetic conception. Inspired by the predecessors of surrealism (especially Arthur Rimbaud and Lautréamont) and by Freud, he adopts prose poetry (Passion of the Earth, 1935), free verse, and plainly surreal methods such as free verse and the visionary image (Swords like Lips, 1932; Destruction or Love, 1935; Shadow of Paradise, 1944) as his form of expression. The aesthetics of these poems are irrational, and the expression comes close to "flow", even without accepting it as a dogma of faith. Along with surrealism, the poet does not take on any tradition, not even the metric, and frees himself. Luis Cernuda could say: "Your verse is like nothing else." And in effect his style brings unpublished stylistic novelties such as the inverted simile (Swords like Lips) or the equivalent disjunctive nexus (Destruction or Love), the hyperbole adds, the uncoded dream symbol, enriching without question the stylistic possibilities of the Spanish poetic language, just as Garcilaso, Góngora and Rubén Darío, each one a great renovator of lyric language, did in the past. The poet celebrates love as a natural, ungovernable force that breaks down all human limitations and criticizes the conventionalism with which society attempts to conquer it.

Popular culture

References

  1. ^ Vicente Aleixandre Criticism. enotes.com
  2. ^ "Biografía español. Vicente Aleixandre, poeta español. Biblioteca español. Instituto Cervantes". www.cervantes.es. Retrieved 21 May 2023.
  3. ^ The Nobel Prize in Literature 1977, Nobelprize.org
  4. ^ Vilaseca, David (2003). Hindsight and the Real: Subjectivity in Gay Hispanic Autobiography. Oxford, bern, Berlin, New York: Peter Lang. p. 30. ISBN 9783039100095.
  5. ^ William Foster, David (1999). Spanish Writers on Gay and Lesbian Themes: A Bio-critical Sourcebook. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press. pp. 26–7. ISBN 0313303320.
  6. ^ Fernández, Víctor (6 March 2016). "Las cartas de amor de Vicente Aleixandre a Carlos Bousoño". La Razón.
  7. ^ Sorela, Pedro (14 December 1984). "Vicente Aleixandre será enterrado hoy en el cemneterio de la Almudena". El País (in Spanish). ISSN 1134-6582. Retrieved 21 May 2023.
  8. ^ Silvina Schammah Gesser; Alexandra Cheveleva Dergacheva (2018). "An Engagé in Spain: Commitment and Its Downside in Rafael Alberti's Philo-Sovietism". In Raanan Rein; Joan Maria Thomás (eds.). Spain 1936: Year Zero. Brighton: Sussex Academic Press. p. 194. ISBN 978-1845198923.
  9. ^ días, Chamberí 30 (17 September 2018). "TRIBUNA ABIERTA: Sobre la autoría del monumento a Vicente Aleixandre". chamberi30dias.es (in Spanish). Retrieved 23 October 2020.((cite web)): CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  10. ^ "El busto de Aleixandre será colocado en la plaza Mayor". El País (in Spanish). 11 November 1978. ISSN 1134-6582. Retrieved 23 October 2020.
  11. ^ "Philatelia.Net: The literature / Stamps / Vicente Aleixandre". www.philatelia.net. Retrieved 23 October 2020.